UP Visayas (UPV) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) on August 14 following the inauguration of the new College of Management building at the UPV Iloilo City campus.
The MOU involves “collaborative graduate level instruction, research, training, and public service or extension programs.” With their shared interests in knowledge generation through “innovative capacity-building programs in fisheries and aquatic sciences” and in the sustained development of technologies, both institutions have seen fit to join forces and use their expertise, resources, and facilities to plan and implement relevant programs. The partnership also aims to strengthen each party’s capabilities in the conduct of research in emerging inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary fields.
The memorandum notes that any student working on his thesis or dissertation through the MOU “shall be given priority to use any data generated to complete thesis or dissertation and to ensure timely graduation.” In addition, all publications resulting from these theses or dissertations “shall be co-authored by UPV and ISAT-U collaborators, and must always include the student,” although the assignment of primary author must be agreed upon by both universities. A scientist who has published research as part of the MOU “shall be given the right to be the primary author,” should he desire to include the said publication in his application for tenure.
UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa and ISAT-U President Raul F. Muyong signed the MOU with Commission on Higher Education Commissioner J. Prospero De Vera III, UP President Danilo Concepcion, UPV Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Ricardo Babaran, and ISAT-U Vice President for Research and Extension Carmelo Ambut as witnesses. The partnership became effective upon signing. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)